September 3, 2010 Subject:
Not Good, Not Bad
Watchable „old house mystery“, could have been better because not all cast members act adequate. The girl and her fiancé do not always convince me. Mischa Auer as an always angry and greedy servant with a secret is good. 2 ½ stars
February 4, 2010 Subject:
Monkey see - monkey do?
I'm a big fan of the old-dark-house genre. All its elements, except for a large cast, are here in this low-budget mystery/horror, but it's just too poorly crafted to recommend. The mystery is given away early on, with only the details left to be revealed at the end. Few scenes can be considered atmospheric. The dialog is primitive, with leading lady Vera Reynolds repeating "Take me out of here!" every chance she gets. Her acting and that of leading man Rex Lease are on a high school drama club level. On the plus side, Mischa Auer is entertainingly campy in one of his villainous roles, and Sleep 'n' Eat (Willie Best) makes an early appearance as comic relief. Interesting as a curiosity, "Monster Walks" isn't one of Hollywood's gems - especially when you consider the excellent old-dark-house romp "Bat Whispers" was released a year earlier. FOOTNOTE: "Bat Whispers" isn't available here at the Archive, but its modernized remake "The Bat" is.
March 7, 2009 Subject:
'Monster' as hero
This has a fairly standard murder mystery setup: Death of the wealthy owner of an old house, stormy night, creepy servants, creepy music and a caged chimpanzee in the basement (Why not?). It proceeds normally with an attempt on the life of the heir; a second attempt mistakenly killing another where the heir was expected to be. After this, mystery evaporates, a conspiracy is revealed, and the movie quickly ends. I wanted some more suspense or a better reveal, but what are you going to do.
The movie doesn't make very good use of the characters, but then again, not all of the actors seem very good.
I downloaded the 512Kb mpeg4 file. Video and audio are OK with frames missing here and there.
August 21, 2007 Subject:
AIEEE!!! THE MONSTER WALKS!!!
A previous reviewer refers to this film as an "unintentional" comedy. It wasn't. What it WAS was a "dramedy" (or comedy-drama) of the type so popular in the 30s and early 40s. It is also, alas, another example of Hollywood racism in that African-American actor William "Willie" Best wasn't even credited under his own name in the credits. Being referred to, instead, as "Sleep 'N Eat" (a clear reference to the stereotype that African-Americans were constitutionally lazy...they aren't). Bob Hope (who worked with him in "The Ghost-Breakers" (1940) called Willie one of the finest (comedic) talents he had ever worked with.
But enough about those depressing days. In this film, as always, Willie does what he can with what he is given and what he does makes us laugh because he is great at that. Rex Lease had a LONG career in films and on television but I remember him best as Walter Jameson, best friend to Jack Mulhall's Craig Kennedy in the serial THE CLUTCHING HAND (and when is someone going to upload that to the archive? That's a serial worth watching, I'll tell you!!! It even has good old Jon Hall (Ramar of the Jungle to us older folks). And then there's Mischa Auer as Hannes. Mischa, unforgettable as Prince Nikki Starloff in the 1945 film version of Agatha Christie's TEN LITTLE INDIANS called AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Unforgettable because Nikki sings that damn song that gets stuck in your head the same way "It's a Small World" and "Shortnin' Bread" and others tend to do.
Oh the heck with it. It's one of those good old dark house movies that they can't make anymore because everyone thinks they are too corny. I recommend it because it's fun in the old style.
April 10, 2007 Subject:
"Oh Ted, take me away"
I had to wonder just what she kept meaning by that, being as every time she says it they make no indication of leaving.
I though this was alright, myself. Not "so bad it's good" either, but really pretty decent. A little stiff and somewhat ploding, just like the character Hanns (a different kind of monster), but for me that just added to the atmosphere. Atmosphere is what you have to watch a movie like this for. If you expect to be wowed you'll be dissapointed. A great "creepy old house in a storm" movie.
May 24, 2006 Subject:
This is funny
Really bad movies are funny, and this is really bad.
However, the monster does indeed walk, so the title delivers.
You have to be in the mood for this kind of cheaply produced unintentional comedy so save it until you are in the mood.